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Brick Council Set to Vote On Clerk's Position Again

Reappointment of Lynnette Iannarone on council agenda

Brick Township council members are, again, poised to vote on appointing a township clerk for the next three years.

Two weeks after an attempt to appoint former Democratic township council member Kathy Russell failed, the council will vote to reappoint current clerk Lynnette Iannarone, a copy of the May 21 council meeting agenda shows.

Iannarone has worked in the clerk's office for 17 years and has served as clerk since 2010, following the retirement of Virginia Lampman. Her initial term ends June 30, but if she is reappointed she will gain tenure in the clerk's position, meaning she could only lose her job for cause.

At the May 7 council meeting, Councilman Jim Fozman began the meeting by suddenly making a motion to appoint Russell to the post. The motion gained support from council members John Ducey and Susan Lydecker, but the governing body's fourth Democrat, Council President Bob Moore, said Iannarone was doing well in the position and should keep her job.

With Councilman Dan Toth, a Republican, absent from the meeting, the vote ended in a 3-3 tie – both council members Joseph Sangiovanni and Domenick Brando opposed the motion – and failed.

Toth, along with Brando and Sangiovanni, has signaled his support of keeping Iannarone in the clerk's position.

Alaina May 22, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Republican math...funny...thought Ducey, Lydecker and Fozman were Democrats? Was it not Ducey who said Lynnette would not be unemployed if someone else was appointed to the clerk position that she would take another position in that office? It's over, the current clerk has been reappointed, no need to hash this out any further. The right decision was made. Brando for Mayor! Good night!
Richard Russell May 22, 2013 at 04:06 AM
TaxPayer, so when they were talking about paying Kathy Russell $80,000, they really meant $30,000, + $50,000 in pension and benefits?????? What is the exact breakdown of Lynnette's pension contributions vs the Townships and the exact amount her benefits cost to her, plus her health benefits contribution? I hardly think its $60,000, but since you know the facts.......what is the exact number?
Richard Russell May 22, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Maybe the amount of lawsuits the town will have for having an inexperienced clerk every 3 years...,. if they don't allow tenure for anyone, which is statutorily required if someone is appointed to a 2nd term. Or the fact that you are just adding a salary to a dept. and if you are so knowledgeable.... you may want to spell her name right...
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Republican math- paying someone over $150,000 in salary and benefits saves money. Someone could have been hired for less, and Lynette moved to a vacant position- not unemployed, just not overpaid and entitiled to life time employment. and firing a tenured clerk is virtually impossible unless you can prove she committed a felony or other gross misconduct. Good night.
Alaina May 22, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Dem math...you just said it yourself. Create another job, pay someone else benefits, a pension, etc. The lifetime you speak of is 7 to 13 year - meaning the current clerks retires after working for 25 or 30 years. She has already been there for 17. Do some research on the cost of turnover. How much would it cost to reappoint a new clerk every 3 years? Good morning, wake up and smell the coffee!

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